Dalai Lama says Pope Francis is unwilling to meet: ‘It could cause problems’

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The Dalai Lama speaks in 2011 at the Newark Peace Education Summit in Newark, N.J., where Nobel laureates compared different visions of nonviolence and reconciliation. Photo by Robert Sciarrino/The Star-Ledger.

The Dalai Lama speaks in 2011 at the Newark Peace Education Summit in Newark, N.J., where Nobel laureates compared different visions of nonviolence and reconciliation. Photo by Robert Sciarrino/The Star-Ledger.

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ROME (RNS) The Vatican has not had diplomatic ties with China since 1951, and China's Communist leaders object to meetings between heads of state and the Tibetan leader.